ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - A wintery start to Easter weekend.
Mother nature reminded us just how volitale she can be.
Roads were slippery this morning across the Northwoods.
From Crandon to Minocqua, cars spun off the roads.
There were numerous accidents on highway 47.
We caught up with a tow truck driver helping someone out of a ditch.
"A lot of winch outs, a lot of people sliding off the roads," said Custom Collision Tow Truch Driver, Ray Lapuma.
"I know it's easter, everybody is rushing to get to their families, but you have to slow it down or they won't make it to their families."
The Rhinelander police department says people should realize that if you're slipping on the side walks, then the roads are slippery as well.
"When you approach the stop sign be sure to give yourself extra space. Test the roads a little bit to make sure you're not going to be slipping and sliding through the intersection," Rhinelander Police Sergeant Kurt Helke said.
"Give yourself ample time when you're leaving for an appointment or if you're going somewhere be sure to give yourself enough time that you're going to need to drive a little bit slower."
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
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